SDCA supports Farm Bill conference report
January 31, 2014
Livestock producers have been without a disaster assistance safety net provided by the Farm Bill since 2011, struggling through a drought in 2012 and the early October blizzard in 2013. The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association (SDCA) is pleased to see forward progress on the Farm Bill to bring relief to South Dakota's beef producers.
SDCA President Cory Eich stated, "While the Farm Bill conference report is far from perfect for livestock producers, we are elated to see livestock disaster assistance programs funded through the life of the bill and also retroactively for 2012 and 2013 disasters. Many of our fellow livestock producers have faced serious challenges in the last couple of years and we hope much-needed assistance will be forthcoming with the Farm Bill."
Eich, a cow-calf producer from Canova, SD noted SDCA's disappointment that the Conference Report doesn't include language to "fix" concerns with Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) or live cattle marketing restrictions previously proposed by the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). However, these concerns were ultimately outweighed by the inclusion of a robust livestock disaster assistance program and conservation incentives to maintain native prairies in the northern plains.
"While we continue to hope a trade war over COOL can be averted, conservation incentives and a disaster assistance safety net have long been Farm Bill priorities for SDCA. We are pleased to support the Conference Report and urge the House and Senate to move quickly for final passage of the Farm Bill," Eich said. "SDCA also thanks Representative Noem for her diligent efforts as a member of the Farm Bill Conference Committee and her work to include South Dakota priorities. We look forward to working with her in support of South Dakota cattlemen and the 2014 Farm Bill."